Opening a window to the world
An arresting black-and-white image taken in Nepal has won an annual photography competition organised by UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies.
Student Mohit Pant submitted the winning image Each face; one story after visiting the remote country to work with a peace-building organisation.
“In a remote western village, I came across these kids and every one had a horrible story to share. I took the picture before they shared with me their stories. Every time I see the picture, I see the pain in their eyes,” Mr Pant said.
Staged for the third consecutive year, the competition attracted more than 90 entries. The runners-up prize was shared by two images: Smiles from Canal Children by Rini Indrayanti, and Journey to School by Giorgio Algeri.
Mr Algeri, a former Rotary Peace Fellow and Master of International Studies graduate, took his image in the Palestinian Territories in 2010.
“Each day early in the morning and afternoon, I accompanied a team of three international volunteers to ensure that the Palestinian children’s journey to school was safe. I witnessed that many of these children ignored the fear, and turned a blind eye on daily injustices merely by smiling and telling jokes,” he said.
“This award is dedicated to all those young children who only deserve to live in peace and security.”
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